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Alexandre Lacazette or Romelu Lukaku to spearhead Arsenal's title push?

Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in signing either Alexandre Lacazette or Romelu Lukaku.

With the summer transfer window nearly upon us, rumours are picking up steam. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Gunners set sights on two strikers

After the disappointment of missing out on Leicester star Jamie Vardy earlier this summer, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has wasted little time in targeting two more strikers.

The Sun reports that Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon and Everton's Romelu Lukaku are the duo in the Gunners' sights and says Wenger "spoke to Lyon, Everton and the representatives of both forwards last week."

It adds that the manager is keen to bring in at least one new face in attack before Arsenal kick off their preseason schedule later this month.

The Sun quotes an Emirates Stadium source as saying that he wants to get a deal done "as soon as possible, but he won't rush anything and overspend."

New arrivals won't mean the end of Olivier Giroud, the destroyer of Icelandic dreams at Euro 2016, who the source says is "very much in Wenger's plans."

But the North Londoners will have to dig pretty deep. Everton have said they want £65 million for Lukaku -- although the Sun claims they could end up letting him leave for around £40m -- while France international Lacazette would cost some £38m.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, however, could yet throw an obstacle or two in the way. Aulas is pretty determined to keep Lacazette and has said: "I think it is his desire [to stay], and the coach [Bruno Genesio] counts on him."

Eagles step up Benteke swoop

Crystal Palace are upping the ante in their efforts to bring in striker Christian Benteke from Liverpool, according to the Mirror.

Last week, the Eagles -- who plummeted down the Premier League table in the second half of last season but both stayed up and reached the FA Cup final -- tabled a £25 million offer for the Belgium international.

But with Liverpool wanting in the region of £30m for Benteke, Palace have now increased that to £31.5m in a move that, the report adds, "would shatter their transfer record and is expected to be accepted by the Anfield club."

The offer consists of £27m up front, with the rest coming in add-on clauses, and makes Benteke's departure from Liverpool just a year after his arrival from Aston Villa seem inevitable.

The striker cost £32.5m when former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers bought him from Villa, but he has struggled for first-team action since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp as boss.

Witsel's the one for Everton

Staying with Merseyside-related matters, Everton are closing in on the signing of Belgium international midfielder Axel Witsel.

The Mirror says the Toffees "believe they have won the race" to sign Witsel, who would cost around £28.5 million and has also been a target for neighbours Liverpool, along with Stoke City and Napoli.

The Zenit St Petersburg man, who has said he wants to leave the Russian club, has become a key component of manager Ronald Koeman's plans for his new Everton era.

Earlier, the 27-year-old's father Thomas had said there was "concrete interest" from Goodison Park -- but Witsel might not be the only new arrival in the days to come.

The Sun reports that Wales hero Hal Robson-Kanu could also be on his way in.

The former Reading forward, a free agent after his contract with the Championship club expired following the end of last season, made headlines around the world when his stunning goal against Belgium helped Wales reach the Euro 2016 semifinals.

Everton "plan to add his name to their list of targets," says the Sun, and will make contact with his representatives at the end of the tournament.

Robson-Kanu said he had received "offers from around the world" following his performances in France, adding: "I've made no secret of my desire to play in the Premier League -- and if that's the best place for me, then I'll be there."


- Championship sides Norwich City and Bristol City look set to battle it out for the signature of young Liverpool winger Sergi Canos, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Echo reports that the Canaries have had a £2.5 million offer for Canos accepted, with that bid matching the one submitted by Bristol City. Talks between Liverpool and Canos over a new contract broke down earlier this year -- and the Echo says the 19-year-old Spaniard, "who has been stalling over a move to Bristol," has been given permission to hold talks with Norwich.

Canos, who shone on loan at Brentford last season, made his senior Liverpool debut with a late cameo off the bench against West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the Premier League campaign.

- And talking of West Brom, they have agreed a £5.5 million deal for Queens Park Rangers winger Matt Phillips, according to the Daily Mail, which says the transfer will end a long pursuit by manager Tony Pulis.

Pulis, it explains, "has been pursuing the Scotland international for two years, and now looks to likely to get his man." Phillips, 25, has played in the Premier League for both QPR and Blackpool.

- New Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo is determined to bring Watford keeper Costel Pantilimon to Villa Park as he looks to assemble a squad to challenge for promotion straight back to the top flight.

The Mirror says Di Matteo hopes Pantilimon, who moved to Watford from Sunderland in the January window, can be persuaded to join by the prospect of regular first-team football rather than a likely place on the Hornets' bench.


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